What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment used to remove spider veins and small varicose veins. It involves injecting a solution directly into the vein, causing the vein to collapse, after which the blood is rerouted to other healthier veins. The collapsed vein is then absorbed into the tissue and eventually fades within a few weeks.
In addition to improving the appearance of your legs, sclerotherapy treatment can help relieve symptoms like:
- Restless Legs
Preparing for sclerotherapy
Before your sclerotherapy treatment, your doctor will review your medical history and important considerations like:
- Recent illnesses
- Current medical conditions
- Medications you’re taking
- Tobacco use
- Previous treatments for vein disease
While you lay on an examination table face up, a tiny needle is inserted into the diseased vein to distribute a solution. Once the solution is inserted, the vein then closes, forcing the blood to reroute. The treated vein then collapses, dissolves and is absorbed by the body.
The procedure takes around 15 to 30 minutes. The number of veins injected during one procedure will depend on the size and location of the veins, as well as your general health. You may experience some mild discomfort for a few moments afterward.
The side effects of treatment are often very mild and dissipate within a few weeks. They include:
- Dark lines or spots
- Swelling and/or redness
- Small blood vessels
- Tiny skin sores
After sclerotherapy, you will rest on your back for 15 to 20 minutes to make sure there aren’t any reactions to the treatment. Compression stockings or bandages are to be worn for a few weeks post procedure. Moving about your regular routine is encouraged after the treatment to prevent any clotting, but we advise that you avoid any strenuous exercise or sun exposure for the first couple weeks. Noticeable results become present sooner after around 3 to 6 weeks. Avoid hot baths, hot compresses, whirlpools, saunas and direct exposure to sunlight. Avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen for at least 48 hours.